Bleed American

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Bleed American / Jimmy Eat World
Studio album by Jimmy Eat World
Released July 18, 2001
Recorded 2000–2001 at Cherokee and Harddrive in Los Angeles
Genre Alternative rock, emo, pop punk
Length 46:38
Label Geffen
Producer Mark Trombino and Jimmy Eat World
Jimmy Eat World chronology
Clarity
(1999)
Bleed American
(2001)
Futures
(2004)
Singles from Bleed American
  1. "Bleed American"
    Released: September 24, 2001
  2. "The Middle"
    Released: November 5, 2001
  3. "Sweetness"
    Released: June 3, 2002
  4. "A Praise Chorus"
    Released: 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 97%[1]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
CMJ (favorable)[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
Pitchfork Media 3.5/10[5]
Punknews 4/5 stars[6]
Robert Christgau C+[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
Slant 3.5/5 stars[9]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5[10]

Bleed American is the fourth studio album by American alternative rock band Jimmy Eat World. The album was released on July 18, 2001. The album was the third Jimmy Eat World album produced by former Drive Like Jehu drummer Mark Trombino. The album artwork is taken from William Eggleston's photograph "Memphis".

Out of concern that its title could be misinterpreted following the September 11 attacks, the album was re-released on October 9, 2001 with an eponymous title (Jimmy Eat World). In addition, the title track was renamed "Salt Sweat Sugar."[11]

On April 28, 2008, a deluxe edition of the album was released with a bonus disc containing several b-sides, acoustic versions, live versions, demo versions and previously unreleased tracks. The original album and track title Bleed American were restored.[12]

The album was a critical and commercial success, helping the band gain mainstream popularity. Bleed American was well received by music critics and was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),[13] platinum by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA),[14] and silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).[15]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jimmy Eat World, except portions of "A Praise Chorus".

No. Title Length
1. "Bleed American" (Renamed "Salt Sweat Sugar" on the self-titled release) 3:02
2. "A Praise Chorus" (feat. Davey von Bohlen) 4:03
3. "The Middle"   2:46
4. "Your House"   4:46
5. "Sweetness"   3:40
6. "Hear You Me"   4:45
7. "If You Don't, Don't"   4:33
8. "Get It Faster"   4:22
9. "Cautioners"   5:21
10. "The Authority Song"   3:38
11. "My Sundown"   5:40
Total length:
46:38
Japanese edition bonus track
No. Title Length
12. "(Splash) Turn Twist"   4:09[16]
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
12. "The Most Beautiful Things" (From Good to Go / Jebediah split)  
13. "No Sensitivity" (From German "The Middle" single / Jebediah split)  
14. "(Splash) Turn Twist" (From The Middle EP / Firestarter)  
Deluxe edition disc two
No. Title Length
1. "Cautioners" (Demo, From Good to Go / Jebediah split)  
2. "Firestarter" (From Firestarter)  
3. "Get It Faster" (AOL Version, previously unreleased)  
4. "Bleed American" (Live, From the Australian EP)  
5. "A Praise Chorus" (Live, From Good to Go)  
6. "Softer" (Live, From Good to Go)  
7. "The Middle" (Acoustic, From the Australian EP)  
8. "If You Don't, Don't" (XFM Version, From British "The Middle" single)  
9. "Game of Pricks" (From British "The Middle" single / Good to Go)  
10. "The Authority Song" (Demo, From German "The Middle" single)  
11. "My Sundown" (From Believe in What You Want)  
12. "Sweetness" (Live, previously unreleased)  
13. "Last Christmas" (From Last Christmas)  
14. "My Sundown" (Demo, From German "The Middle" single)  
15. "Spangle" (From Good to Go / Singles)  
16. "Hear You Me" (From Believe in What You Want)  
17. "The Middle" (Demo, From German "The Middle" single)  
18. "Your House 2007" (previously unreleased)  

Personnel[edit]

Jimmy Eat World
Additional personnel

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak position
US Billboard 200[18] 54

Critical reception[edit]

Q listed Bleed American as one of the best 50 albums of 2001.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nassiff, Thomas (25 July 2011). "Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Vanderhoff, Mark (20 July 2001). "Review: Bleed American". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 May 2007. 
  3. ^ Staff (2 July 2001). "Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American (DreamWorks)". CMJ. p. 5. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Morgan, Laura (7 September 2001). "Bleed American (Jimmy Eat World) Review". Entertainment Weekly (Time Inc.). p. 165. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Schreiber, Ryan (21 August 2001). "Jimmy Eat World: Bleed American". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  6. ^ Paul, Aubin (7 July 2001). "Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American". Punknews. Retrieved 2 February 2005. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (21 July 2001). "Bleed American (DreamWorks, 2001)". Consumer Guide. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Staff (16 August 2001). "Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American (DreamWorks)". Rolling Stone (Wenner Media). pp. 101–2. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Scott, Aaron (28 June 2001). "Jimmy Eat World: Bleed American". Slant. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  10. ^ Stagno, Mike (10 March 2007). "Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  11. ^ Jason Heller, How Jimmy Eat World's 'The Middle' Became the Best Song for a Bad Time, The A.V. Club, September 14, 2012.
  12. ^ Interpunk.com - The Ultimate Punk Music Store
  13. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Searchable Database: Jimmy Eat World
  14. ^ Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum - February 2003
  15. ^ British Phonographic Industry Certified Award Search: Jimmy Eat World
  16. ^ allmusic ((( Bleed American [Japan Bonus Track] > Overview )))
  17. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/1445450/pop-goes-the-emo-on-jimmy-eat-worlds-bleed-american/
  18. ^ "Jimmy Eat World Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Jimmy Eat World. Prometheus Global Media.
  19. ^ "The Best 50 Albums of 2001". Q. December 2001. pp. 60–65.